Flight diverted after woman allegedly struck passenger, crew member

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INDIANAPOLIS — Officials say a Chicago-bound American Airlines flight was diverted to Indianapolis after a woman struck another passenger and a flight attendant.

According to WGN, Indianapolis Airport Police said Daniela Velez-Reyes was arrested and held overnight by Marion County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana.

(Indianapolis International Airport)

Daniela Velez-Reyes was arrested in Indianapolis after her flight was diverted. (Indianapolis International Airport)

Airline spokeswoman Laura Masvidal says the flight, which departed from Miami, landed around 5:45 p.m. Monday at Indianapolis International Airport.

Jeff Dutton, the airport’s communications manager, says Velez-Reyez had to be detained during the flight and was taken to the back of the plane. Dutton says the pilot decided to divert the flight after the woman struck a flight attendant and a passenger.

According to Dutton, the woman also kicked an airport police officer as she was being escorted off the plane.

The Indianapolis Star reports Velez-Reyez was taken into custody and faces preliminary charges including battery resulting in bodily injury.

The flight left Indianapolis shortly after 7 p.m.